Things are starting to work themselves out on the recruiting trail. It’s time to start looking more intently on Oklahoma’s “wish list” for the Class of 2015.
Here is an idea of where OU stands in August. The number in parentheses indicates the number of recruits OU is looking to sign at the position for the Class of 2015. The names in no way reflect OU’s official board but are the best guesstimate of who OU is targeting.
With it only being the summer, all of these are with offered prospects. Later in the cycle we’ll return to guessing who might deserve an offer down the road.
Favorite: Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage’s Torrance Gibson. It’s all-in on the five-star prospect right now. OU has some work to do. A recent trip to Ohio State has put the Buckeyes in front of everybody, including Tennessee. All the Sooners can do is hope to get Gibson back on campus for an official visit and take it from there.
Next in Line: None. In a rarity, it feels like OU is going to land Gibson or go without a quarterback for this class. All quarterback recruiting this spring has been for the 2016 crop so the plan seems to be set.
Committed (1) Katy (Texas) High’s Rodney Anderson. OU did everything right in getting the four-star all-purpose back to switch from Texas A&M to the Sooners. After decommitting from the Aggies in April, Anderson returned to Norman for the camp and spent all three days at OU before making it official. If Anderson ends up as the lone back for the class, nobody is going to be complaining.
Favorite: Plano (Texas) West’s Sotonye Jamabo. Better known as Soso, OU has felt like the frontrunner, but the Anderson commitment certainly could have changed things. No doubt schools like Notre Dame, Baylor and Oregon aren’t going to throw in the towel. So the question for the summer is do the Sooners still want Jamabo as much as they did a couple of months ago. It would be one heck of a one-two punch from the state of Texas.
Next in line: Houston Lamar’s Tyreik Gray. Still not too much is known about the four-star recruit who has transferred from Houston Episcopal to Houston Lamar this spring. He’s still consistent with saying OU is in his top five, but it doesn’t sound like the Sooners are paying as much attention to Gray as some other backs. That could change, obviously, and OU seems to be in a good spot.
On the radar: None.
Committed (1): Clear Falls (Texas) League City’s John Humphrey. For the last couple of months, this felt like a commitment without actually being called one. Now it is official as after Humphrey made a surprise unofficial visit to campus, he ended the drama and committed to the Sooners. No doubt Notre Dame is going to continue to pursue, but OU has done all the right things in this chase..
Favorite: Aledo (Texas) High’s Ryan Newsome. Here’s another recruit who has been about as active as possible on the trail. And though most are talking about schools out west or Texas, the Sooners continue to quietly stay in the hunt. Three visits since October is a great sign, and it’s clear he’s a top slot target for OU even with Humphrey’s commitment. OU would take both in a heartbeat.
Next in line: Lufkin (Texas) Highs’ Keke Coutee. Flying by under the radar right now but was one of OU’s first offers at the position last summer as Norvell continues to target East Texas. A one-time Texas commit, it looks like the Sooners and Texas Tech are the two biggest options right now. Will he want to wait to see what’s up with Newsome?
Gardena (Calif.) Serra’s Stanley Norman. Regarded as a four-star cornerback, Norman has made it clear he would consider playing wide receiver for the Sooners. He’s also been vocal about the fact he’s looking to set up an official visit although one hasn’t been set as of yet.
On the radar: Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro’s Christian Kirk. Kirk listed OU in his top 10, but it still seems awfully unlikely anything materializes. OU has sort of seen the writing on the wall and hasn’t pursued as much as even Kirk was hoping for.
Committed (1): Lancaster (Texas) High’s Dominique Hearne. It’s not a commitment that blew people away, but it was a big one for a big position of need. With the way OU’s 2014 class is shaping up with some linemen not being able to make it, any addition is huge. Hearne is a quality three-star prospect that feels like he can be molded into something by Bill Bedenbaugh. His first trip to Norman confirmed that for Hearne, who later committed that week.
Favorite: Lawton (Okla.) High’s Jalin Barnett. The No. 1-ranked prospect in the state for a reason, Barnett continues to be among OU’s top overall targets. For no reason at all, he was back at OU for the camp as he continues to grow his deep relationship with Bill Bedenbaugh. Oklahoma State and Arkansas will be in the mix, but it’s tough to see the Sooners not finding a way to pull this one out as of now. The Hogs continue to do all the right things, but OU is sitting pretty.
Next in line: Oklahoma City Casady’s Josh Wariboko. Never say never. Although it seems like Wariboko is looking hard at schools like UCLA and Ohio State, he was once again back to OU this last weekend. It might mean nothing in the long run, but it’s tough to discount the relationship built up with the coaches in the last 18 months..
Pineville (La.) High’s Cody Ford. Committed to TCU, it seems like OU and LSU are the two favorites for the three-star prospect. The question is going to be if he’s willing to wait to see if the Tigers offer when the Sooners already have. He said he wants to have a decision before his season so this should be over fairly quickly.
Committed (1): Allen (Texas) High’s Bobby Evans. A firm commit to OU since July 2013, it’s tough to envision Evans going anywhere. His older brother, Tay Evans, is a 2014 signee for the Sooners, while his father played basketball at OU. Bobby Evans just continues to grow more and more and developing into a top offensive tackle prospect for the class.
Favorite: Arlington (Texas) Bowie’s Madison Akamnonu. By this list next month, we’ll know one or another. It’s either going to be OU or Texas Tech when Akamnonu decides Aug. 24. He has made multiple trips to Norman, including one last month. His father graduated from OU, but this is about as a legit 50-50 as you can find between OU and the Red Raiders.
Reiterstown (Md.) Franklin’s Patrick Allen. Not really the name any OU fans were expecting to find this high in the list, but Allen has let it be known repeatedly in the last month how much he likes the Sooners. He keeps saying there is something alluring him to Norman and Bill Bedenbaugh so maybe it’s just one of those things you don’t question. Things will get even more serious if Allen does make a visit.
Scooba (Miss.) Eastern Mississippi CC’s Jamal Danley. Danley wasn’t able to make that summer trip to OU so the waiting game continues to get him on campus. The longer the wait, the worse it feels, but OU is still on solid ground right now. The official visit in the fall could be enough to lock up the commitment.
Next in line: None. As of now, OU and Bedenbaugh have done a good job of seeking out targets. As things progress, it will be easier to tell if they need to revisit their board.
On the radar: P>None.
Special teams (1)
Committed (1): Belleville (lll.) West kicker Austin Seibert. It might be tough for OU fans to be fired up about a kicker being the lone OU commit in three months, but special teams coach Jay Boulware made sure Seibert was coming to Norman. Following his second visit to the campus, he committed so OU doesn’t have to worry about kicker or punter for the next couple of years as Seibert could possibly handle both duties.